• Cutwork

  • A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (383 ratings)

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Almost everyone in Excelsior, Minnesota - craftsy and non-craftsy alike - has turned out for the art fair. So when an artisan is murdered there, the list of suspects is practically endless. Betsy Devonshire wants to help out in the police investigation. Her best friend, Officer Jill Cross, confides that they have a lead: A bloody footprint in the woodcarvers' booth matches that of a local youth. But when Betsy can't keep the news to herself, Jill gives Betsy the cold shoulder. Everyone's on pins and needles - and when the family of the kid in question asks Betsy to prove his innocence, she must first regain Jill's trust, then figure out who had designs on the dead designer.…

©2004 Mary Monica Kuhfeld (P)2012 AudioGO

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An early entry in the Betsy Devonshire series.

the Excelsior Minnesota art fair is happening, and Betsy is involved volunteering for the fair. When an artisan is murdered there, the list
of suspects is practically endless. Betsy Devonshire wants to help out in the police investigation. Her best friend, Officer Jill Cross, confides that
they have a lead: A bloody footprint in the woodcarvers' booth matches that of a local youth. But when Betsy can't keep the news to herself, Jill gives
Betsy the cold shoulder. Everyone's on pins and needles - and when the family of the kid in question asks Betsy to prove his innocence, she must first
regain Jill's trust, then figure out who had designs on the dead designer. This is not one of Monica Ferris’ best. It’s pretty easy to figure out the murderer early on, but she does move along Godwin’s story in this book and provides tons of information about needlecrafts. I’m not a needlecrafts person, but the discussions of that craft in these books are fascinating even to me. The comic thing to me about these books is that each one starts by stating that Excelsior Minnesota is a quiet town where murder never happens, and in these books, murder happens every time, mostly in Excelsior. In fact, Excelsior is a quiet town along the shore of Lake Minnetonka.

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holds my interest

I enjoyed the story, it moves along without becoming boring, I enjoy sewing so the subject of the needle shop does interest me. I like how she puts the pieces together.

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OK story - irritating narration

Would you try another book from Monica Ferris and/or Susan Boyce?

very irritating narrator - monotone story OK for a time filler

If you’ve listened to books by Monica Ferris before, how does this one compare?

same as others mediocre

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change the narator

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Thoroughly enjoyable novel

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. I love Monica Ferris' mysteries. I enjoy reading about all the different patterns, stitches, and explanations of the stitches.

Can't wait to read the next mystery.

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'Monica Ferris'- stories are clever & Entertaining

Cut work was the 4th Needlework Mystery I have listened to. I enjoy her story presentation and the layout along with the ongoing information regarding the needle-shop and that particular area around Lake Minnetonka and the area. These stories have really made my Spring/Summer yard-house work very enjoyable.
** one note (minor) the enounciation of several of the local towns does need an adjustment (Wayzata, Edina & a few others...😉-

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Wonderful Cozy Mystery!

I love this series! Cutwork is hard to put down; the plot is laid out well as any of the other books in the needle craft series.

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always a surprise

I so enjoy these murder mysteries. love to see the story develop and the killer exposed.

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Oxymoron

Monica Ferris’ mystery series is more of a themed novella with an incidental mystery, which is quite different from the cozy mysteries I’ve been listening to, but are enjoying. However, there is one strong irritation I have of her writings. The author writes about people going to church but have them (mainly men) using God’s name in vain. That’s an oxymoron and for me a very big offense against my nature. Not all her stories have profanity in them but when they do appear, for me, it’s like someone suddenly hit me over the head with a mallet. For this I will not give this story four stars.

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Murder at the Art Fair

This series of Needlecraft Mysteries is excellent and Cutwork is no exception. A wide range of needle arts are featured at the shop where Betsy and her friends work and craft, all of which I love to hear about. In this book, however, they're all involved with the annual art fair where a wood carver is murdered in his booth. With little to go on except for some footprints in the man's booth, the police arrest a teenage boy who has had several scrapes with the law. When Betsy is asked by the teen's parents to look into the murder, she finds that the boy is lying . . . but is he a killer? Betsy and Jill have a lot of work to do to repair their strained relationship, after Betsy shares something Jill has told her in confidence regarding the case. Betsy's investigation into the murder of the artist takes a lot of twists and turns into unexpected places. I love all the folks in these stories, the quirks and hangups they have, and the ways that they work through their differences. I don't agree with some of the things that they do, but I still care deeply about them. Great mystery and resolution!

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Too much fluff

Too many times the narrator used the same voice for more than one character in a conversation and it was very difficult to determine who was saying what. Lots of useless dialog and repetition and not as well crafted as previous books.

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  • Carôle
  • 06-09-22

A bit low-key and meandering

Perhaps I’ve listened to too many of these, back-to-back, because this narrative was not fully engaging and none of the characters imbue you to truly care about them.

Therefore, even the perpetrator, when you discover who it is, doesn’t surprise or interest you! And the apprehension is not only low-key, but also very dull and boring!

The next few episodes of this series is not available on Audible, which is a shame.